Baltimore County Police have identified the man discovered by workers at the County recycling center in Cockeysville on Tuesday as John Ernest Stevens (42) of the 14000 block of 4th Street in Laurel, Maryland.

The dismembered torso of the man was discovered by workers at the Central Acceptance Facility, 10275 Beaver Dam Road, in Cockeysville around noon on December 10 as they were sorting through recyclable material. The workers noticed a tarp on the conveyer belt and upon investigating they found the body wrapped inside the tarp.

Stevens was reported missing since December 3 to the Laurel Police Department. Detectives were able to use tattoos to help identify the body. Cause and manner of death have preliminarily been determined by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to be undetermined and homicide.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is continuing the investigation into how the body got to the recycle center, which also accepts bulk recyclable material from both Harford County and Cecil County. Anyone who may have information on this crime is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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